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27 May 2010
Wharf T&T Launches Cloud Secure for Business Customers
Partnership with Symantec Hosted Services to provide cloud secure solutions for the untapped market segment

Hong Kong – May 27, 2010 – Wharf T&T, the leading Hong Kong Information & Communications Technology (ICT) service provider, today announced that it is now a Symantec Hosted Services Certified Partner and unveils a new cloud-based ITaaS – Cloud Secure solution. The move signifies a new phase of the partnership that enables Wharf T&T to expand its IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) portfolio to support the exploding hosted services market for securing and managing email and web communications.

In line with the partnership, Wharf T&T launches Cloud Secure, an ideal cloud-based security solution for business customers to mitigate the risk of malicious attacks delivered through Wharf T&T Fibre-to-the-Desk (FTTD) network. It operates at the Internet level to intercept viruses, spyware and other web-borne threats before they enter the customer’s network. Through Symantec Hosted Services 24x7 global support in security definition and virus update, Cloud Secure can block access to inappropriate websites by URL filtering, keeping employees productive while enforcing acceptable usage policies.

"The "+EN" FTTD fixed network infrastructure investment project launched earlier this year has created an excellent environment for Wharf T&T to pioneer the development of ITaaS for Hong Kong SMEs," said Kam Poon, Vice President, Business Market, Wharf T&T Limited. "The partnership will further strengthen our ITaaS security portfolio so that we are able to provide a sophisticated enterprise-grade security solution with full support from Symantec Hosted Services delivered through its cloud-based model."

"As the twin pressures of cyber criminal activity and the search for enterprise cost efficiencies continue unabated, the launch of Cloud Secure solution will provide customers with world-class security solution backed by Wharf T&T and Symantec Hosted Services. With the "+EN" FTTD network in place and a series of ITaaS delivered through on-demand subscription, we hope to encourage increased ICT adoption among SMEs, so that they are empowered with technology bullets to win in the global competitive landscape," added Poon.

"Businesses today are fed up with the relentless onslaught of spam, malicious code and infected web sites," said Nigel Mendonca, Regional Director, Asia, for Symantec Hosted Services. "It is rewarding to see a major player such as Wharf T&T respond so positively to this anticipated surge in service demand by bolstering its relationship with an industry leader in the field. It’s good for Symantec Hosted Services, for Wharf T&T and, of course, for its customers which include some of Hong Kong’s most important organizations as well as smaller businesses that fuel our city’s competitive edge."

Symantec Hosted Services uses the power of cloud computing to secure and manage information stored on endpoints and delivered via email, Web, and instant messaging. Building on the foundation of MessageLabs market leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings and proven Symantec technologies, Symantec Hosted Services provides essential protection while virtually eliminating the need to manage hardware and software on site.

About Wharf T&T
Backed by the state-of-the-art fully fibre-optic network, Wharf T&T is the second largest business fixed line operator as well as the first and only comprehensive ICT service provider in Hong Kong focusing on the business sector. Established in 1995, Wharf T&T invests over HK$5 billion in its own telecommunications network infrastructure. Wharf T&T strictly focuses on enabling customers’ businesses with one-stop-shop ICT services ranging from basic to the most sophisticated customised solutions.

Wharf T&T possesses the best-of-breed optical fibre network and system integration capabilities, enabling a full range of professional ICT solutions encompassing voice, data, conferencing, email messaging, web-building and hosting, IT security, network solution and integration, application implementation, data centre, business continuity and disaster recovery services.

Wharf T&T’s value propositions are our commitment to create and deliver value to business customers in enhancing their businesses. Such value propositions are further enriched and strengthened through our strategic collaboration with various partners including Cisco (Gold Partner), EMC, F-Secure, H3C, Hyperion, Microsoft, Mirapoint, NEC, Oracle (Certified Partner), Ruckus, Sun Microsystems (Principal Partner) and Symantec Hosted Services.

Wharf T&T is a core member of The Wharf Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Hong Kong. The Wharf Group also owns i-CABLE Communications Limited, the leading cable television station and Internet access service provider in Hong Kong.

For further information about Wharf T&T, please visit www.wharftt.com.

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